Iowa Parents, Be Aware of the Most Dangerous Candy
Happy Halloween! As I've grown older, I've started to become a bigger fan of trick or treating being held on the final Saturday in October. I think that's a movement that should continue to grow. Halloween day can remain on the 31st but I think we should move the trick-or-treating to the last Saturday of the month. I think that would make things so much easier for parents and it would be more fun for the kids.
They can wear their costumes around the house all day, they can stay up a little bit later, and they can sleep in a little bit on Sunday. That conversation is probably for a different day. Tonight, your kids will hopefully be stomping through their neighborhoods collecting bags/buckets/pillowcases full of candy.
If you had to throw out a guess, what do you think the most dangerous candy is for your and your kid's teeth? Most candies aren't exactly great for your dental care but there are a few popular candies that are worse than others.
Most Dangerous Candy For Your Teeth
According to Shiny Smiles Veneers, this candy is not only the most dangerous for your teeth but it has also cost Americans the most when it comes to trips to the dentist. With a name like "Jawbreaker", it's no wonder this is the candy parents worry about the most.
According to Shiny Smiles Veneers, if you or your child suffers a dental issue from trying to crunch down on a Jawbreaker, the average cost to fix the problem is over $500.
Jawbreakers aren't the only harder candies that can wreak havoc on your kid's teeth. Jolly Ranchers also can be really hard to bite through for some individuals. What I find interesting is most of these candies are actually fairly soft. Bit-O-Honey, Starburst, Tootsie Rolls, Laffy Taffy, Snickers, Butterfingers, and Milk Duds are all relatively soft.
These candies aren't necessarily dangerous as most of the issues involve getting stuck in your teeth/braces.
Remember to Check Your Kids' Candy
In 2023, every parent knows they should check the candy that their child brings home from trick-or-treating. It's pretty sad that it's something you need to do but that's the world we live in. What's a bit shocking is only 55% of parents check their child's candy bag, according to Shiny Smile Veneers.
Candy is a fun part of the spooky season and you generally don't have to worry about what your child brings home. If you have a young kid, you might want to hide any of the harder candies you find or better yet...eat them for yourself! I'm pretty sure that's called the "parent tax."
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